I found it through a European seller, but today I found out it was a favorite of legendary DJ pioneer David Mancuso. I guess that's validating. I do find my tastes sometimes overlap with his.
So, in anticipation for Portland's rainy season, and perhaps and attempt to hasten it along (as it is running a little late), the Record of the Day is Dorothy Morrison's "Rain." It's got everything I love- congas, gospel vocals, funky dance groove, and a positive message.
Dorothy started out as a gospel singer. You can hear her singing one of the leads on one of the most beloved gospel records of all time, "Oh Happy Day" by the Edwin Hawkins Singers. She went on to record some solid solo gospel-soul albums in the early to mid-70s.
Give this song a listen and I challenge you to find gloom in the rain.